4 Jun 16 by James Elson

2016 SDW100 Preview

Incredibly deep fields in both the mens and womens races make this one of the most exciting prospects we've ever had at a 100 mile event.

Follow the race live from our homepage over the weekend of 11th and 12th June 2016. Race start 0600 Saturday 11th.  


Debbie Martin-Consani: Our team runner is one of the best known names on the UK Ultrarunning scene. Debs has a huge wealth of experience in going long, with too many accolades to mention them all. In recent years she has been a regular fixture in the GB 24hr team, bringing home many medals in the process. Her previous notable wins include Lakeland 100, Crawley 12hr, Thames Path 100, Devil O'The Highlands, White Rose 60 and the GUCR (overall winner). With podiums at countless other presitigious races also behind her, her biggest lesson to all around her is in pacing. Debs consistency over the longer events is incredible. 

Debs on her way to 2nd at the Autumn 100 2014

Jess Gray: Jess has had an up and down start to the year with a win at the SDW50 and then a late DNF at the NDW50 with an injury, so fingers crossed she is fit enough to run well here. She has a great track record so far in a relatively short ultra running career with wins at Ridgeway, Royal Parks 50km, the NDW50 in 2015 amongst them. This will be her first 100. 

Sarah Sawyer: Sarah has come on leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. With her first foray in to the 100 mile distance at the 2015 TP100, she learned a lot and came back to run a 19:47 at the 2015 A100. With a 5th at the SDW50 earlier this year she will be looking to put pace and her experience together for a super strong day here. 

Wendy Shaw: Wendy features every time on a preview. With over 10 previous Centurion 100 mile podiums, rightly so. She lifted her game to the next level at the 2015 A100 with a 4th in 18:54, the question is this time after a rockier TP100, can she go all the way.

Kit-Yi Greene: 5th at the SDW50 in 2015, 4th this year, this is her first 100 but her consistent pacing could be the key to a superb debut run.

Maree Jesson: Previous 2nd at the NDW50 and with wins at the Druids Ridgeway challenge and Northants 35 in 2015, she is a capable runner, if very new to the sport. 

Maryann Devally: A long list of Top 10 finishes at a variety of ultras, Maryann's previous best at a Centurion Race is her 2nd place at the 2015 NDW100 in a little over 21 hours. She's off to a good start in 2016 with a win at the Oner over 81 miles in early April. 

Nick Taylor: Nicky has a 3rd, a 4th and a 5th at the Lakeland 100 in the past, as well wins at the Rodopi 100 mile and Ultimate Trails 100km in 2013. 



Stellan Fries: There won't be a person amongst last years staff and volunteers that would be sorry to see Stellan win this race. He led the event coming in to Jevington aid station mile 96 before taking a massive detour and spending nearly an hour lost in the woods. When he eventually came over the line it was in 5th in 17:24. He's capable of something under 16 if he can stay on course!

Neil Kirby: Neil has won both of our 50s this year, the SDW50 in 6:35 and the NDW50 in 6:57. His form is great, but with a late DNF at the NDW100 in the past, the question is whether he can bring his 50 mile form up to this distance. If he can perform to the same level he is sure to be challenging for the overall win. 

David Barker: David had a superb 2015, most notably at our events, with a 3rd at the TP100 before a great closing quarter of the Autumn 100 for a 15:58 4th overall. Clearly he is one to watch with a PB in that realm. 

Duncan Oakes: Always smiling, a fact which belies his incredible ability to run strong over the long stuff. Duncan is a previous NDW100 champion and has wins at too many races to mention, but those as extreme as Arc of Attrition (twice) and the Hill Ultra. His 15:19 at the Autumn 100 in 2015 for 3rd was a PB. He should certainly be worrying anybody that is out ahead of him early on. 

Jason Lewis: Jason was 6th here in 2013 with a 17:14, but has since gone on to rack up a really impressive list of finishes and wins, including a sub 24hr LL130 for victory in 2015. This year he's already off to a great start with a joint win with Duncan Oakes at the Arc of Attrition and a Bob Graham Round. 

Paul Bennett: Paul was joint 3rd here in 2013 with a 16:58 and has a number of other SDW100 and UTMB finishes to his name. His pace is exceptional and he will be looking for something at least as strong again here. 

Paul Descending Early in the 2015 Event

Mark Grenyer: 17:11 for 3rd at the TP100 earlier this year, a cracking start to his 2016 campaign. Can he go on to as strong a second 100 in a much deeper field....

Dean Oldfield: Dean was 5th at this years SDW50 and 8th at the NDW50, he's off to a great start this year already and will be looking to continue that. 

Sam Robson: 2nd back at our first SDW100 in 2012, Sam has rediscovered some of his tell tale consistency and will be looking to shoot well under 20 hours again here. 

Jack Blackburn: A real danger man with a number of very good results at shorter distances including most notably a 6:29 for 2nd at the 2015 SDW50. This is his first foray in to 100s but clearly he has the pace to cause an upset. 

Jez Isaac: Jez has twice podiumed at the NDW100 and has a massive back catalogue of finishes in endurance to his name. When he runs strong, he is very strong indeed. 

David Pryce: 2nd at the TP100 in 2015 with a 16:56 David is coming in off of an 18:11 for 7th at this years TP100 and has wins behind him at the Chiltern 220km and the Piece of String Fun Run. Tough is his middle name and he will be looking for a PB here for sure. 

Leonidas Athanasopoulos: Legend of the sport, Leonidas has a back catalogue of results to be proud of. Wins at Rodopi 100 mile, Panellionios 100km, 12hr Bahnlauf and a 25 hour Lakeland 100 included. 

Tim Landon: 3rd at TP100 2014 in 17:48. 12th at the SDW100 the same year in 18:14.